Pagenaud Wins Wild Indy 500 By Two Tenths Of A Second
— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) May 26, 2019
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet who started the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge beat 2016 winner Alexander Rossi by just 2 tenths of a second.
The race was full of drama from the beginning including a red flag with just 20 laps to go. It is also Roger Penske’s 18th Indianapolis 500 win.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato completed the podium. Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Chevrolet was fourth just ahead of his team mate Will Power.
Ed Carpenter was fifth while Santino Ferrucci had a fantastic race for Dale Coyne Racing as he ended the race in sixth place just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay, Tony Kanaan and Conor Daly who rounded out the top ten.
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda came through the field from 32nd on the grid to finish the race in 11th place.
James Davison was 12th just ahead of Ed Jones and Spencer Pigot. AJ Foyt Racing Mathues Matt Leist was 15th just ahead of Clauson Marshall Racing’s Pippa Mann. It was a disappointing race for defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon who finished the race in 17th place just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet.
Sage Karam was 19th for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing just ahead of his team mate JR Hildebrand.
Jack Harvey was 21st just ahead of Oriol Servia and Marco Andretti while Jordan King was 24th just ahead of Charlie Kimball and Marco Andretti.
Graham Rahal, Felix Rosenqvist, Zach Veach, Sebastien Bourdais, Kyle Kaiser, Ben Hanley and Colton Herta retired from the race.
Simon Pagenaud has now taken the lead of the championship.